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Jurong East MRT Station is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station that is part of the North South Line (Branch Line before 1996) and the East West Line in Singapore, and serves as an interchange station between the two lines.

It is located at the eastern end of Jurong, linking residential precincts Yuhua and Teban Gardens, as well as the International Business Park and Toh Tuck to the rest of the island through rail. Passenger volume is expected to rise when the sites in the neighbouring Jurong Lake District project are developed.[1]

On the North South Line, it is the first station for south-bound trains and the last station for north-bound trains. On the East West Line, it is between Chinese Garden and Clementi. During the morning and evening peak periods, trains arrive directly from Ulu Pandan Depot to start service on the North South Line. This station was also the first station to make announcements about train services when the Branch Line opened in 1990.[2] The tracks between this station and Clementi is the longest between any two stations on the East West Line, taking four minutes to travel.

The station appeared as one of the four MRT stations in the original Singapore edition of the board game Monopoly.

DesignEdit

The station was designed by Scott Danielson, and it has a roof which utilizes the geometric design similar to Jurong East Bus Interchange, in order to fit within the adjacent structure.

HistoryEdit

On 5 October 1985, construction work for the MRT from Ulu Pandan to Jurong, including Ulu Pandan Depot and Jurong stations was awarded to Jurong Engineering Limited under Contract 402.

The station was opened on 5 November 1988, as part of the first stage of Phase 2 of the system.

In 1999, upgrading work was carried out at Jurong East to cater to rising passenger volumes. Six existing openings between the concourse level and platform level were covered to make the platform more spacious. Construction cost $350,000 and took around 6 months to complete.

Four of the openings, which are provided for the escalators and stairs to serve the concourse and platform levels, were covered. The other two openings, which allow for a view of the platform level from the concourse level, was totally covered.

On 4 February 2005, a 29-year-old man, Mak Hoy Meng went up to an SMRT employee at this station and gave him two handwritten notes that declared there was a bomb at one of the stations.[3]

The restaurant supervisor told Yeow Meng Chai that he saw a man drop the notes and even described the fellow in detail, down to the brand of the bag he was carrying. But under questioning by the police, he admitted he had written them himself and there were no bombs. His story came apart when his description differed in later versions. By then, police officers had searched extensively for the man. However, trains were not stopped.

On 10 March 2005, he pleaded guilty under the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations to trying to hoax Yeow about a bomb on 4 February 2005 at 8 pm and was jailed for 2Template:1/2years.

He admitted that at the time he tried to fool Yeow, he was disgruntled with the police and society in general, because he had been charged with theft and was out on bail. The theft charge – stealing $50 from a restaurant was considered during sentencing.

The Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP) was a key infrastructural upgrading project involving the construction of two new platforms and a new track at Jurong East, allowing two trains along the North South Line to enter and depart the station at the same time. Previously, trains had to take turns to arrive and depart from the station using a shared middle track. The new platforms and track allow for shorter train intervals, reducing waiting times and reducing the crowding in trains.[4] It was built in conjunction with the purchase of 22 C151A trains, which together, would increase the carrying capacity of the North South Line and East West Line.

The station was retrofitted with half-height platform screen doors in 2009 which commenced operations on 18 December 2009.[5] It was the third above-ground station to have half-height platform screen doors installed and in operation. Platform screen doors were also installed for the new platforms from the JEMP and went into operation on 27 May 2011.

Originally projected to be opened in 2012, then Minister for Transport, Mr Raymond Lim, announced on 12 February 2009 that the date was pushed forward by a year, to 2011. Construction started in 2009 and was completed and handed to the operator at around the first quarter of 2011, with the new platforms and track being tested since then, before the announcement on 16 May 2011 about its operation date on 27 May 2011.[6][7]

To connect the new train tracks to the existing tracks, train services between Jurong East and Clementi were halted on 4 & 5 September 2010[8], followed by train services between Jurong East and Bukit Gombak on 18 & 19 September 2010[9]. SMRT deployed high-frequency bus bridging services across the affected stretches on both weekends.

In addition, the original platforms; A (East-bound), B (West-bound), C and D (South-bound), were renamed to C (Eastbound to Pasir Ris) and F (Westbound to Joo Koon) and D and E (Southbound to Marina South Pier) respectively, with the new platforms being named A (Peak-hour Southbound train service on the former Branch Line or North South Line to Marina South Pier) and B (Eastbound train services to Pasir Ris and Changi Airport via Tanah Merah).[10]

During the initial operation period, the new platforms and track were only operated on weekdays except public holidays, during the morning peak hour period, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am, as there were only five new C151A trains ready for revenue service. Evening peak hour operation from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekdays started from 27 December 2011 while the morning peak hour period was extended to end an hour later at 10:00 am after the next batch of trains became ready for revenue service.[11][12]

A 62-year-old woman was found injured at the station at about 2:35 pm on 24 November 2011. The woman was taken to the National University Hospital where she subsequently died from her injuries. Police subsequently arrested a 55-year-old man for the alleged murder the following day.[13]

The station has the most MJ Air Tech High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) Pro-Jet fans installed due to station's size, out of the 36 elevated stations. The fans commenced operations on 30 June 2012 together with Ang Mo Kio.

Noise barriers (from PIE to Block 266 Jurong East Avenue 1) and privacy screens (from Block 266 Jurong East Avenue 1 to Boon Lay Way and Block 108 Jurong East Street 13 to Jurong Town Hall Road) were also installed to reduce the amount of noise generated by the residents between January 2011 and September 2014.[14]

Station layoutEdit

L3 Platform 1 North South Line towards Marina Bay via Bukit Batok (←)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 2/2a East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Clementi (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 3/4 North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Bukit Batok (←)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Platform 5 East West Line towards Joo Koon via Chinese Garden (←)
L2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter, J-Walk
L1 Street Level Jurong East Bus Interchange, Jurong East Xchange, Jem, Westgate

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to Marina South Pier 5.16am 5.35am 10.53pm
to Toa Payoh 11.28pm
to Ang Mo Kio 12.17am
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 5.40am 6.13am 11.45pm
to Tuas Plaza 5.14am 5.44am 12.25am

ExitsEdit

Eastern Concourse (built under the JEMP project) - Jem Shopping Mall, Big Box (Venture Avenue)

Western Concourse (built separately and installed TITAN faregates at the earliest opportunity, as part of the J-Walk) - JCube, Westgate, Jurong East Bus Interchange, IMM Building (accessible by shuttle bus of 10 - 15 mins, if not Bus 52, 105, 333 and 990)

ReferencesEdit

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  3. The Straits Times, "Man Jailed For Bomb Hoax", 11 March 2005
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